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ISSUE DATE: 04/14/2014

Modern range management preserves public resource

By Doug Rich

Grazing, wildlife, recreation, energy, and development put enough pressure on western rangeland without adding in the constant tug of war over public grazing lands. Mark Eisele works with all of these challenges on a daily basis as he manages his ranch near Cheyenne, Wyo.

“We are very close to Cheyenne, which puts a lot of pressure on us, and we graze on one of the most highly used and recreated pieces of U.S. Forest Service land in the West,” Eisele. “This is a very high use and very visible area.”

There is always a cry to eliminate livestock production from public lands, and this is more so in highly used areas like the Medicine Bow region where Eisele’s leases are located. Eisele said a forest service official touring the area several years ago told him the Medicine Bow region was one of the best-managed regions she had seen. She described it as a great mix of recreation, grazing and stewardship.

“There are photos of grazing in that country from over 100 years ago and it was pretty abused,” Eisele said. “But the progression and knowledge of range management has come so far that now we can spend the season up there and the following year you can’t tell we were even there. The take-half, leave-half philosophy is working.”


NEWS

Ag in the Classroom names Teacher of the Year
Audit shows NASS crop report vulnerability
Big choices loom for U.S. farmers
Climatologist provides outlook for severe weather season
Delayed 2012 drought-loss aid on the way
Extension recreating demonstration train whistle stop for centennial celebration
Extension specialist: Test well water annually for bacterial safety
'Farmland' documentary makes Kansas City debut
Funds still available to improve Kansas windbreaks, streamside forests
Nebraska farmland values remain steady
Some dietary products under-researched, over-marketed
Three Oklahomans to be honored for their positive effects on OSU and the state
Upcoming 'Aging with Attitude' regional expo in Parsons
Vilsack: 'Tremendous progress' made on farm bill implementation

CROPS

2014 farm bill streamlines, consolidates conservation programs
8 Kansas schools awarded $12,500 Farm to School Pilot Sub-grants
Control marestail in soybeans
Emerald ash borer traps set in Kansas
Growers should prepare for larger soybean seed in 2014
International Grains Program offers milling courses
Irrigation assessment program reinstated
Kansas growers urged to 'Know Before You Grow' this planting season
Kansas NRCS announces funding for 2014 Conservation Innovation Grants
Kansas soybean farmers encourage everyone to mark National Soyfoods Month
K-State developing wheat resistant to yield-robbing mites, diseases
K-State Research and Extension plants events throughout state
K-State selling several chicken breeds
Minnesota Soybean Group immersed in Japanese pork industry
Montana Department of Agriculture celebrates state's ag industry
National Cotton Council holds farm bill educational meetings
Nebraska farmers see how checkoff dollars support soybean exports
Plan now for on-farm research projects
Producers named to Kansas Cooperative Hall of Fame
Researcher provides Palmer amaranth recommendations for 2014 growing season
Rural community emerges from food desert with new grocery store
Sorghum Checkoff seeks pre-proposals for targeted research, education
Store farm chemicals with care
Sunflower Marketing Order seeks assessment increase
Tractor safety training offered in June
U.S., South American soybean farmers unite in China
Urban agriculture program announced in Nebraska
USDA announces growth of U.S. organic industry
USDA offers specialty crop block grants
Wheat farmers vote to continue 2-cent assessment
Wheat Quality Tour participants will assess wheat crop
Winter cover crops become weeds if not controlled before crop planting

LIVESTOCK

Boehringer offer for free BQA certification expires April 15
Checkoff calling for nominations for Beef Quality Assurance awards
Choosing bull turnout time this spring
CME adds heifer delivery option
Colorado has 1 positive trichomoniasis location
Congressional Horse Caucus holds first meeting of 2014
Economist: High beef prices make great time to own cattle, but cycles go down
Henderson recognized at HLSR Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest Awards Breakfast
Hogs and pigs report issued
Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners to merge into KDA
KHC announces new board members
Livestock indemnity sign-up starts April 15
Lloyd Waller Feedlot becomes CAB Feeding Partner
Make reproductive health top priority this spring
Meet the Mustang adoption event set April 26 at MHF facility
OCA's Cattlemen's Leadership Academy cultivates ag leaders
Pork producers step up biosecurity
Prices at bull sale follow trends, shatter previous records
Protect Colorado horses--3 important updates
Ranch expo to feature livestock management, ranch bus tours
Restoring agriculture's foundation
RingSide features legendary steaks
Rusty coat? Is copper deficiency the culprit?
Texas Beef Checkoff goes red with heart-healthy partnership
USDA announces the extension of the Milk Income Loss Contract Program for 2014
USDA seeking nominees for American Lamb Board
World Meat Congress organizers lead 'Child Hunger Challenge'

EDITOR

Farmland--art is life
FSA field office fight
Hunters, gatherers and generous uncles
Solidifying the future of agriculture

COLUMNS

Back to the Garden
Company adds grain vacuum
Company tests packaging, too
Gardiner stipends announced
High-pressure diesel tank cleaning system available
In other agribusiness news...
Life is never dull
Online resource available
The Temple is crumbling

MARKETS

All grains close higher
Apache livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Field operations see modest progress Colorado
Fieldwork slowly beginning South Dakota
Grain market close
Hay slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter cattle sales report
Mild temps recorded in most of state Texas
Most classes of hay selling steady
Most topsoil moisture rated short or very short New Mexico
Newell sheep sales report
No relief for small grains Oklahoma
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Precip provides little to no relief from dry conditions Nebraska
Precipitation limited for most of state Kansas
Salina livestock auction report
South Central direct sheep sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
Warmer temps allow for some fieldwork Iowa
Weather delays beginning of fieldwork Minnesota

RANGE

Alfalfa tour in Lawrence County set April 22
Ark Forage and Grassland Council offers ranch tours May 2
Modern range management preserves public resource
Tools available for burning Flint Hills pastures this spring
Webinar to discuss management-intensive grazing

FAMILY

A good egg
Being assertive
F.A.S.T. Academy prepares students for agriculture's future
Governor's conference to present STEC research
Grants awarded for community gardens in 26 Kansas communities
Grants awarded for Kansas Community Gardens
Helpful household tips
Hunting leases provide many benefits for landowners
Kansas Sampler Festival celebrating 25 years
Master Gardener Spring Field Day set April 27
Master Gardeners invite applicants for fall program
Meditation
Missouri State Fair Foundation selects scholarship recipients
New booklet highlights garden, landscape plants native to region
Rats! Rodent populations proliferate in some parts of Texas
Rodeo participants benefit from funds
Saturday Samplers set for spring, summer
Starling can fit smaller, sloping lot
UNL food safety expert offers tips on keeping food cold
Weather, habitat affect pheasant populations

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